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Highlights from the 2017 Israel Democracy Index

Highlights from the 2017 Israel Democracy Index

This week, the annual Israel Democracy Index was published by the Israel Democracy Institute, underlining that Israelis harbor deep distrust for their politicians, the media, and the Chief Rabbinate but are generally favorably inclined toward the courts and presidency.


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Only 40% of ultra-Orthodox high schools teach math and English

Only 40% of ultra-Orthodox high schools teach math and English

Ultra-Orthodox schools for boys are exempted from teaching basic subjects like math and science. Currently, there are 20,000 teens that study at such schools.

Israeli school to its student: If you sing in front of men, you’re gone

Israeli school to its student: If you sing in front of men, you’re gone

Ministry of Education supports the position of the school: OK to prohibit students from participating in activities against Jewish law

ADL denounces ultra-Orthodox spitting at Christian clergymen

ADL denounces ultra-Orthodox spitting at Christian clergymen

The ADL reached out to Chief Rabbis Amar and Metzger, asking them to condemn violent acts from their ultra-Orthodox constituents toward Christian clergy

Jeffrey Goldberg shows “How Israel Can Stop Alienating American Jews”

Jeffrey Goldberg shows “How Israel Can Stop Alienating American Jews”

Jeffrey Goldberg suggests several ideas as to “How Israel Can Stop Alienating American Jews”, including showing respect for diverse Jewish expression and ending ultra-Orthodox discrimination

MK Livnat: Ministerial Committee on the Status of Women will be convened

MK Livnat: Ministerial Committee on the Status of Women will be convened

Debates rage on as discrimination of women and erasing them from public spheres continues, with disagreement between head of the Ministerial Committee on the Status of Women and Shas minister Mashulam Nahari

Chief Rabbi Amar: “The Rabbinate is excellent…We have proven ourselves”

Chief Rabbi Amar: “The Rabbinate is excellent…We have proven ourselves”

Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar responds to recent articles criticizing the Rabbanut’s activities by saying that “the Rabbinate is excellent, and the religious court judiciary is excellent…It is getting better and better, including the way in which it relates to the public.”

U.S. Ambassador: Integration of Ultra-Orthodox American Interest

U.S. Ambassador: Integration of Ultra-Orthodox American Interest

Ambassor Dan Shapiro: It is important to help the ultra-Orthodox population succeed economically. A strong Israel will help the United States, and vice-versa

Hiddush Shows two-thirds of Israelis Support Civil Marriage

Hiddush Shows two-thirds of Israelis Support Civil Marriage

Researchers Drs. Guy Ben-Porat and Yariv Feniger posit that because there is a gap between support for civil marriage and personal interest in having a civil marriage, major political parties do not promote the issue. Hiddush CEO Rabbi Regev: “Leading up to elections, people need to demand that the political party leaders commit themselves to…carry out a civil revolution, including freedom of choice in marriage”

Most who will receive housing subsidies are ultra-Orthodox

Most who will receive housing subsidies are ultra-Orthodox

More than half of housing subsidies will defacto be given to ultra-Orthodox residents, who make up less than 10% of the general population in Israel. Housing Minister Ariel Atias continues to design biased systems instead of fair ones.

Maj. Gen. Avi Zamir warns of the army's growing religious extremism

Maj. Gen. Avi Zamir warns of the army's growing religious extremism

Rabbi Uri Regev, the director of Hiddush, demanded an appointment of an independent civilian body to examine the relationship between the army and religion.

Haredim want Jerusalem high-tech park for housing

Haredim want Jerusalem high-tech park for housing

Hiddush director Rabbi Uri Regev comments on United Torah Judaism Jerusalem city councilmen's idea to move high-tech park in Har Hotzvim for more Haredi housing

50,000 students at haredi institutions exempted from supervision will study as usual on Independence Day

50,000 students at haredi institutions exempted from supervision will study as usual on Independence Day

The law requires a statutory holiday on Independence Day and the schools are funded by the state. Hiddush head Rabbi Regev demands that the Education Ministry ‘make clear to haredi educational institutions that the holiday is mandatory and suspend the funding of any institution that does not honor Independence Day.’

Hiddush slams government exemption of yeshiva students to IDF

Hiddush slams government exemption of yeshiva students to IDF

"The government has launched a mass campaign granting an exemption to yeshiva students and cancelling the people's army like a thief in the night, without even telling the public," said Hiddush Director Rabbi Uri Regev.

Sherman strikes again: Examine most converts

Sherman strikes again: Examine most converts

Rabbinic court judge Avraham Sherman, who previously ruled that Rabbi Druckman’s conversions should be nullified, said in an interview on Walla! that all modern-era conversions are invalid. Hiddush: Yet more proof that conversions need to be taken out of the rabbinate’s hands

‘Israeli governments are selling our children’s future’

‘Israeli governments are selling our children’s future’

In an interview with the magazine TimeOut Jerusalem, the vice president of Hiddush says the organization works to create equality in education and in shouldering the civic burden, and to expose injustices that hurt society as a whole

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